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Within Ten To Fifteen Years, There'll Be A Wave

of Evangelical Protestant preachers wringing their hands because nobody respects their moral authority. They’ll blame Liberals, they’ll blame the media, they’ll blame the Devil, but they won’t stop to think what the example of Brother Lance Wallnau and his ilk are already costing them and their reputations right now.

Can you say “Pants on Fire!” ?

Sure you can, kids!

Compared to most western towns, Santa Fe is the City Different

Santa Fe’s different from most smaller western cities when it comes to regional transportation. They’ve got rail commuter service to Albuquerque and relatively frequent bus service to Albuquerque’s airport.

Now compare this to places like La Junta, Trinidad, Raton, Winslow, Gallup, not to mention the plight of places that lost their passenger rail earlier like Tucumcari, Clovis, etc. I don’t see the Fibber-Tarian Tooth Fairy jumping in to fill the transportation gap.

That’s just New Mexico. Republican voters in small cities in Idaho and Montana did themselves worse.

No. We Democrats have moved far enough right already

No, those recent former Republicans are giving bad advice. We moved far enough right already. In fact, I’d say that much of the Democratic Party’s agenda is what used to be called moderate-conservative forty, fifty years ago. I see no reason whatsoever why we should move over into the irresponsible anti-welfare state, anti-Great Society, anti-New Deal psychotic mindset that has taken over the Republican Party.

I know this to be true. I used to be a Nixon—Ford era moderate conservative and bailed when I realized that the Raygun Zanies were firmly in control of the GOP and would continue to be so.

I admit I’m more to the right than many DU voters, and that I don’t like the thought of writing off potential voters. But after the 2016 election, I’ve been convinced that all the reachable Republican moderates have already crossed over the River Jordan and joined Team Donkey. There’s little left among the pachyderms except diminishing returns. We’d do better to start registering and recruiting within traditional Democratic blocs.

We All Do It??? Senator Rand, Not So Fast

Sure the US covertly and not so covertly poured campaign assistance and propaganda assistance in foreign countries during the Cold War and afterwards. So do other countries.

But here’s the thing, Aqua Buddha. This is foreign money and foreign interference from an unfriendly foreign power flowing into our country and interference in our elections.

And guys like you are derelict in your duty to the people and the Republic of the United States Of America by failing to recognize it, failing to investigate it, failing to condemn it, and failing to work on ways to prevent it from happening again. Your party’s and your fellow Republican solon’s actions are disgraceful and utterly unpatriotic.

My sympathy is limited for Trump apparatchiks

My sympathy is limited for Trump administration apparatchiks. On the one hand, I do believe in civility, and hope to see it restored in my lifetime. On the other hand, this Administration has been practicing the politics of cruelty almost since Inauguration Day, and anyone who works for it ought to have the good sense to realize it.

EDIT: As the old saying goes: “Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.”

I haven't forgotten or forgiven the lame stream corporate broadcast media

Lest the corporate executives and senior editors of corporate broadcast media overwhelm themselves in waves of self-congratulations for their (cough cough) good citizenship and responsible journalism, many of us remember the damage they did to the US in 2016. I haven’t forgotten and I haven’t forgiven the lamestream corporate media for their role in putting Donald Trump into the White House. Their irresponsible, lazy-@$$, sensation-seeking excuse for journalism propelled Donnie over th finish line and is threatening the very existence of our democracy.

Up until recently, Northern Evangelicals have enjoyed

A reputation for being devout (if perhaps over-enthusiastic) Christians free from the taint of racism that has haunted their southern brethren for more than a century. Actions speak more forcefully than words, and that reputation is going, going, going...

If in the near future they bewail a reputation for racist bigotry, they need only remember that it wasn’t given, but earned.

Trump voters don't get it. Suckers were always disrespected

Trump voters don’t get it. Even back in what they believed were the “Good Old Days” when the American populace was overwhelmingly white, almost every respectable person went to church on Sunday, Father knew best, and the women stayed home to mind the kiddies, suckers and other gullibles were disrespected not only for acting on their bad impulses but for the poor judgment they’d showed prior to acting on them.

One of the core beliefs of that bygone time was that the rural farmer was shrewd and wise enough to resist the blather of fast-talking Bull-slinging city slickers and that age and experience conferred wisdom.

In 2016 millions of anxious and often hurting country folk and the elderly went to the polls and voted for a BS artist and politicians who work to enrich the wealthiest few, not the average Joe or Jane. They made a sucker’s choice using suckers’ thinking and now they’re demanding respect. By dint of both our so-called “elitist” thinking and by the standards of that older time they profess to believe in, just why in Sheol and Gehenna do they believe they deserve it?

Mitt Calling Out Jeffress? How unusual for a Mormon!

Mitt Romney calling out Preacher Jeffress as a bigot? I’m amazed by his behavior. Most LDS’ers seem to have a habit of remaining as silent and inert as bean-bag chairs whenever Baptists and other Evangelicals trash them. The Evangelicals whack them, they shift a little, but otherwise remain stationary.

I’m surprised that it has taken this long for any prominent Mormon to denounce the Christian Right’s bigotry towards them. Many Evangelical sects have been hurling abuse at the Saints FOR YEARS, and some Evangelical big-mouths have hinted at plans to crack down on non-Christians if they ever got control of the government. Many Evangelicals have been explicit about their views that they don’t consider Mormons to be Christians. Considering the Mormons’ persecutions in the 19th century, I used to wonder how many times they had to be whacked over the head with a stick before they wised up.

I’d say that it looks like either Mittens has either woken up and smelled the hot water (I believe that good Mormons aren’t supposed to drink coffee) or he’s running for Senate, or both.

Republican Myth Of Fiscal Responsibilty Put To The Lie

Most of us gray-haired Democrats are old enough to remember the Republicans’ claims that they were the party of fiscal responsibility, an oft-repeated meme that might have last been close to plausible while Gerry Ford was in the White House (Over 40 years ago!!!), but has been disproven multiple times in the decades since.

Ryan’s tax cut was the latest slap in the face not only to the struggling, the aged, the ailing, and the handicapped but to folks across the ideological spectrum who believed in Honest, responsible governance.

There is a kernel of truth in Ryan’s statement, though. Trillion-dollar deficits ARE inevitable—IF YOU ELECT REPUBLICANS!!!
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